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Staff and Associates

Lilian Edwards

Lilian Edwards is Professor of E-Governance at Strathclyde University and Director of the Centre for Internet Law and Policy, and from 2012/13, Director of the LLM in Internet Law and Policy. Her research interests encompass many areas of the law relating to the Internet, the Web and new technologies, including privacy, data protection, online intermediaries, filesharing, illegal content online, e-commerce, cybercrime and security, robo-ethics and digital property, with a European and comparative focus. She has co-edited three bestselling collections on Law and the Internet (Hart Publishing, 1997, 2000 and 2009) with Charlotte Waelde, and a third collection of essays The New Legal Framework for E-Commerce in Europe was published in 2005. She is currently writing a book on European privacy law online with Ian Brown of the Oxford Internet Institute. Her work in on-line consumer privacy won the Barbara Wellbery Memorial Prize in 2004 for the best solution to the problem of privacy and transglobal data flows.

She worked at Strathclyde University from 1986-1988 and Edinburgh University from 1989 to 2006 before moving to become Chair of Internet Law at Southampton from 2006-2008 and then at Sheffield from 2008-2010. She is Associate Director, and was co-founder, of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for Research into IP and Technology Law (later “SCRIPT”), funded from 2002-2012. She has taught IT, e-commerce and Internet law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence (AI) since 1985. She has been a visiting scholar and invited lecturer to universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Latin America and has undertaken consultancy for among others the European Parliament, the European commission, WIPO, the OECD, the Council of Europe, Google, Symantec and McAfee. She is actively engaged in digital rights online as a member of the advisory boards of the Open Rights Group and the Federation for Internet Privacy Research. Her blog on IT law matters, Pangloss, is widely read.


Benjamin Farrand (Distance Learning Tutor)

 Benjamin Ferrand

Benjamin Farrand was awarded a PhD in Law by the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2011 for his thesis on European Union Copyright Law. He holds two LLMs, one awarded by the European University Institute in European, International and Comparative Law in 2009, and one in Commercial Law awarded by the University of Sheffield in 2006. In 2007, Benjamin taught at the British Law Centre at the University of Warsaw, Poland. Benjamin has also visited the University of Vienna, Austria, as a guest lecturer in European Intellectual Property Law.

His research interests include intellectual property and the Internet, cybercrime, competition law and the regulation of human augmentation technologies. In particular, Benjamin has an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to legal issues, such as through the use of critical security studies, discourse analysis and aspects of law and economics. Benjamin also holds a certification in Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence awarded by the European Commission.”

Thomas Höppner

Thomas Höppner teaches Telecoms Law on the LLM in Internet Law and Policy. He is a practicing lawyer in the telecoms, media and technology group of law firm Olswang LLP, based in London. Since 2009 Thomas has been advising mainly in the fields of competition law, economic regulation and intellectual property. He has special expertise in internet-related competition issues. Having graduated in 2003 he received his PhD (summa cum laude) from Humboldt-University Berlin in 2008 for a thesis on the regulation of access to networks. He also holds an LLM in Competition Law from University of Dundee (2004).

Konstantinos Komaitis (Distance Learning Tutor)

DR Konstantinos Komaitis Konstantinos Komaitis is, from autumn 2012, Policy Adviser for the Internet Society, based in Geneva. He was formerly Senior Lecturer at the Law School of Strathclyde University, which he joined in 2005. He remains involved in the distance learning teaching of the Centre. He received his LLM from the Law School of the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He holds two further LLMs, one in International, Commercial and European Law from the University of Sheffield and one in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde in 2007 which formed the basis of the book The Current State of Domain Name Regulation: Domain Names as Second-Class Citizens in a Mark-Dominated World’ (Routledge) . Dr Komaitis has acted as the Membership Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and is the current chair of the Non-Commercial User’s Constituency (NCUC), within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He has provided policy advice to various private and public bodies, including the Kenya Network Information Centre (KeNIC), DotMobi Policy Advisory Board of Directors and ICANN’s Special Trademarks Issues Team. He is also a domain name panellist for the Czech Arbitration Court for domain names ending in <.eu>. His research interests include, intellectual property, Internet governance, domain name regulation and Internet regulation. He maintains a website and a blog, which can be found at: http://www.komaitis.org

Mark Leiser

Mark Leiser is back this year as a teaching Associate in the Law School. He’s near completion of his PhD at the University of Strathclyde while supervised by Professor Andrew Murray at the London School of Economics.

He presently lectures Internet Law (M9352) and Intellectual Property (M9314) to our undergrads as well as the Commercial (M9209) and the Company Law module to our Honours students (M9412). His research areas are primary focused on regulation and behavioural analysis in the online environment. He completed his BSc in Communications in the US before returning to Scotland and completing his LLB (Honours) at the University of Strathclyde. He has worked for one of Scotland's top criminal and human rights lawyers on several high-profile criminal trials, and submitted to the Leveson Inquiry into culture and ethics of the media on the prevalence of phone hacking in Scotland. He has previously written the “Technology and the Law” column for the Drum Magazine, has appeared on various media programs discussing  a wide variety of cyberlaw related issues, as well as American politics. In addition to being on the Scottish Advisory Board of the Open Rights Group, he is a member of the non-commercial constituency at ICANN. He won the BILETA award for Best Paper in 2014 and has assists in the delivery of several LLM and undergrad modules at the London School of Economics.

His research interests include regulation, regulatory theory, behavioural economics, Intellectual property, social media, free speech and e-commerce. For fun, he reads about heuristics, judgement making, and irrationality. 

Abhilash Nair

Abhilash Nair is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Internet Law and Policy and has been the Director of the LLM in Internet Law & Policy from September 2015.  Abhilash is a world leading expert on online child safety law and has advised international and governmental organisations on online child pornography and child protection issues. He is a member of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum Dynamic Coalition on Child Internet Safety and has been a regular speaker at child protection panels and workshops at various IGF meetings and other international conferences.  He has published widely on internet law and regulation and has also researched online gambling law, digital copyright and privacy. Abhilash’s forthcoming research monograph, ‘The Regulation of Internet Pornography: Issues and Challenges’ examines how the internet has necessitated a fundamental change in the regulation of pornography.

Abhilash is the co-editor of the leading IT law journal, the European Journal of Law and Technology (ejlt.org), which is one of the oldest open access law journals in Europe (formerly published as the Journal of Law, Information and Technology).  He is also the Deputy Editor of the International Review of Law, Computers and Technology (Routledge) and Associate Editor of the European Journal of Current Legal Issues (ejocli.org).  Abhilash is a member of the Executive Committee of the British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (www.bileta.ac.uk) and member of the Law Society of Scotland Technology Law and Practice Committee. 

Mike Nellis

Mike Nellis teaches Surveillance on the LLM in Internet Law and Policy. He is Emeritus Professor of Criminal and Community Justice at Strathclyde, after an eminent career in the Glasgow School of Social Work, University of Strathclyde. He has a PhD from the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge. He has written extensively on the changing nature of the probation service, the promotion of community penalties, the significance of electronic monitoring (his major current interest) and the cultural politics of penal reform. His most recent book (edited with Eric Chui) was Moving Probation Forward (Longmans 2003) and he is currently editing a book, with Belgian colleagues, on electronic monitoring around the world.

Christina Spirelli

Ms. Christina Spirelli teaches Telecoms Law on the LLM in Internet Law and Policy and is a practicing lawyer based in Athens, Greece. She received her LLB from the Law School of the Kapodistriako University of Athens and her LLM from the Law School of the University of Strathclyde. She worked as a policy advisor in Ofcom from 2002 to 2005. Since 2005, she has been advising mainly clients in the telecoms and media industry. Her main interests are data protection and privacy in telecommunications and her main areas of practice are commercial and corporate law.